The Icon: White House Trivia

If you’re looking to explore the quirky history of this storied abode, here’s a bit of trivia to whet your appetite.

The Fight to Save Africa’s Rhinos

The full-chested roars of male lions echo through the trees, pumping adrenaline into our veins as we watch from an open-air Jeep. We are close enough to the hulking predators to see the individual whiskers on their snouts and the piercing amber of their eyes. Our safari guide, Danielle Kueck, warns us not to make any…

Embracing Endless Night in Norway

Vacationing in the endless Arctic night? Crazy idea, but it doesn’t take long to fall in love with Svalbard in the dead of winter. Okay, there’s no sun (I mean really no sun—for more than four months), but instead of basking on warm beaches, I’ve spent the past two weeks bathing in moonlight, starlight, and the occasional…

Around the World in San Francisco

Since experiencing different cultures is the lifeblood of why I travel, it was the thing I was most afraid of losing as I settled down again stateside. What would my days look like if they weren’t filled with the constant discoveries that traveling in an unfamiliar place yield? To hold onto this sense of wonder, I created a quest for myself, vowing that, even as I established new everyday routines in San Francisco, I would make time to explore the city’s many cultural districts—from Chinatown to Little Italy—with my sketchbook in tow.

How to Protect Yourself Against the Zika Virus

In the wake of reports of outbreaks in Latin America and the Caribbean, the World Health Organization now believes that the mosquitoes that spread the Zika virus, Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus—the same species that transmit dengue and chikungunya—will eventually make their way to all nations within the Western Hemisphere, excepting parts of Chile and Canada, where high…

What Travelers Need to Know About the Zika Virus

Latin America and the Caribbean are in the early stages of a rapidly developing health crisis that may pose a dire threat to people all over the world, but you would never guess it after talking with travelers who have trips to the region already booked. As I spoke with colleagues who are soon to join me in…

Family Finds in the Philippines

Like everyone everywhere, the people of the Philippines read the paper, watch TV, and consult their smartphones for information. But in this Southeast Asian nation, where society is bound by a complex web of familial relationships, if you really want to know something, you go and ask your relatives. And so, on a recent visit to…

How to Pass for a Local in Oslo

Cosmopolitan, edgy, playful: Oslo serves up Scandinavian cool with heartwarming enthusiasm. Here are five ways to go local in the Norwegian capital.

Beyond the Beach in Martinique

Imagine a Caribbean nation where village church steeples mingle with palm trees, the scent of baking croissants melds with that of passion fruit, and the island’s liquid soul—rum—is spelled with an h. I’m not sure what I was expecting when my plane landed in Fort-de-France, Martinique’s capital. In retrospect, the word “France” in the city’s name…

The Plantation Every American Should Visit

The moment I see her name, I feel a lump in my throat. “Pauline Johnson” is written on the back of the small card hanging from a lanyard around my neck. It tells me she was a 12-year-old child who had watched her father die in Louisiana just before slavery was abolished in the United States. Everyone who visits…

Drive Across the Deepest Lake in the World

Lake Baikal is so big it makes its own horizon, one not always visible in winter when the snow and clouds can blend with the lake’s ice, eliminating all perspective from the landscape. But what hope is there for proportion on a lake that holds 20 percent of the world’s (unfrozen) freshwater supply? Never mind…

How to Thrive on a Long-Haul Flight

After enduring dozens of long-haul flights, I’ve become a bit of an expert when it comes to staying sane and healthy while getting from here…to way over there. Here are eight hard-won tips to help you do the same.